The 2014 Volkswagen Beetle has ditched its base 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine in favor of a smaller turbocharged unit, and VW has bumped up the starting price slightly to $21,115 including delivery.
The new motor is a turbocharged 1.8-liter four cylinder that matches the horsepower rating of the outgoing 2.5, making 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The benefits of the new engine come in the form of fuel economy, with the base, 1.8-liter equipped automatic transmission Beetle now getting 4 mpg better on the highway, 3 mpg better in the city for a combined rating of 28 mpg, a full 3 mpg combined better than the old model.
When paired with the six-speed auto, the price bumps up to $22,215, while opting for the convertible model will cost you $26,530.
Both the manual transmission Beetle, and the convertible also see fuel economy benefits from the new motor, with Volkswagen claiming a 19 percent gain for both models while on the highway.
This 1.8-liter turbo is already available in both the Jetta and Passat, and Volkswagen says that before the end of 2014, 90 percent of its models will have direct-injected turbocharged engines, whether they be gas or diesel.
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